Siddharth Rajupet and Robby Shymansky play against each other almost every day in practice, but if the two take the court against each other again this season, it will likely be with a PIAA Class AAA singles title on the line.
Shymansky and Rajupet, the No. 1 and No. 2 singles players at Fox Chapel, were also the second and third-place finishers, respectively, in the WPIAL tournament. When the state tournament opens on Friday, they will be on opposite sides of the bracket with an outside chance of meeting each other in the state finals.
Their path won't be easy.
Rajupet, a Case Western recruit and No. 4 senior in the state, will open with Sahas Chandragiri, the District 2 champion and will then likely face Andrew Tran of Wissahickon, the No. 4 freshman in the state, who lost to Shymansky, 6-0, 6-4, in the PIAA team tournament last weekend. To make the final, though, he'll have to get past last year's runner-up, Michael Dickson of Downingtown East, the No. 3 junior in the state.